Five Easy Pieces

Movies I Own – Comedies

These are in no particular order, which goes against all I hold sacred when it comes to organizing DVDs, CDs, books,etc. This may give you insight into what makes me tick (or laugh, in this case). Or it just may give you some good ideas of what to watch.

This is Spinal Pap – I mean “Tap”…if you haven’t seen this then you have no idea that there is a fine line between being clever and stupid. Dazed and Confused – Matthew McConaughey is perfect and the 70’s soundtrack makes even the moldiest classic rock song (e.g. “Slow Ride”??) meaningful again. Caddyshack – what hasn’t been said about this one? Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – an all-timer, Tim Burton’s debut and co-written by Phil Hartman, just plain silly fun. The Ref – wickedly black comedy, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey murder each other with just their eyes. Jay & Silent Bob StrikeBack – Perhaps the goofiest of Kevin Smith’s slacker flicks, great cameo work by Will Ferrell. GhostbustersKingpin – Bill Murray in the finals is so funny you will cry. South Park:Bigger, Longer and Uncut – but-gusting funny, incredibly crude and entirely un-PC, just how I like my cartoons (comes complete with Saddam Hussein/Satan gay sex, with sound effects). Edward Scissorhands – another Tim Burton goodie, touching and funny (stick to his early stuff, definitely avoid “Sleepy Hollow”). Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle – Neil Patrick Harris is incredibly funny in a cameo, even moreso now that Doogie came out of the closet. Groudhog Day – “Ned, Ned Ryerson?” Heathers – awesome cult gem; “I love my dead gay son!” Ace Ventura – th opening scene of Carrey delivering the package is pure hilarity; the whole movie played better prior to his popularity but it’s still silly and easy to watch. Spies Like Us – not one of my favorites but hey, it was a gift and it’s still got its moments. Old School – so many lines to quote, funnier than hell. Office Space – love it, love everything about it. Meet The Parents – it was funnier the 2nd time watching it; Owen Wilson is great. Slums of Beverly Hills – hilarious ensemble cast and Alan Arkin at his finest (next to The In-Laws). Animal House – see Caddyshack. A Christmas Story – timeless, fun to watch every year; thankfully my 5-year-old loved it! Wallace & Gromit collection – brilliant comic timing and expression – from a clay dog and his master. The Simpson, season 1 – love this show; haven’t bought the subsequent seasons because I have two kids to feed. Christmas Vacation – funny, but still not the original. Get Shorty – a movie to smile all the way through, Hackman is funnier than hell. Flirting with Disaster – Incredibly funny ensemble road trip movie; Lily Tomlin talking down the LSD-loopy Richard Jenkins is hysterical. Zoolander – Stiller and Wilson as Zoolander and Hansel in a battle of the brainless male models – again, so many lines to quote and cameos to savor. Best in Show – The best Christopher Guest “mockumentary” (although I haven’t seen “For Your Consideration”, it needs to do a lot to top this); every dog owner has to see it.

The last three are three of the funniest movies ever and deserve their own articles…maybe some day I’ll get around to that one.


  1. Dan,

    Glad to hear I am not alone on Zoolander. A lot of people shred me when I say that movie is great. Are you a fan of any of Wes Anderson’s films? I think Rushmore is my all time favorite followed closely by The Royal Tennenbaums and Life Aquatic. People either hate or love his films. Seems like mostly hate though. Curious about your opinion.


    Comment by Kalasky — February 24, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

  2. I missed putting Royal Tannenbaums on my list – I have the DVD but I think I have it listed under drama for future publication. Should be a comedy – Gene Hackman is as funny as he was in Get Shorty; he plays the crass, classless ass perfectly (that’s a lot of “ass” in that sentence!).
    Zoolander is classic. Those that shred you (a) have not seen it or (b) have no sense of humor. Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell are top notch and at their prime before becoming overexposed and somewhat bland in their persona.

    Comment by danletscher — February 26, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

  3. Rushmore?
    Trading Places?
    There’s Something About Mary (not as strong as Kingpin to be sure)

    And the all-time best unknown comedy… Going Berserk! Now you’ll pay the piper.

    Comment by Teem — February 27, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

  4. No Rushmore – sorry. I have Stripes and Something About Mary on video. I didn’t include all those because I haven’t pulled the box out to look at them yet! I ran our shelf space so the “old school” format got shipped to the basement. I’ll try to get them posted to avert any more outrage.
    Trading Places, Coming to America, in fact, most of Eddie Murphy was always overrated in my book; sorry but I’ll never own that one.
    Going Berserk – that is a classic. “Did you say decorum? De-cor-um”

    Comment by danletscher — February 28, 2007 @ 10:46 am

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